In a major boost to the Safe ePayments environment, IRCTC is expanding its booking capacity from 2000 tickets per minute to 7200 tickets per minute i.e a 4 fold increase.
In a detailed presentation of its upgrading, IRCTC Managing Director R K Tandon explained the action plan for capacity enhancement to the Railway Minister CP Joshi at a review meeting here.
The implementation partner is CRIS (CENTRE FOR RAILWAY INFORMATION SYSTEMS),
The technical specifications have already been provided to IRCTC by CRIS in August 2012. IRCTC now has started the process of procurement PO placed for installation of infrastructure for the equipment.
The budget for strengthening the ticketing site www.irctc.co.in is Rs100 crores.
The indirect saving costs to the nation with the enhanced capacity will be 4 times of Rs100 crores.
There will be saving costs due to
- Less time spent by travelers for booking
- Less time required to access internet for booking
- Less visits to doctors, as the stress levels will be low due to increased bandwidth
The migration of railway tickets from manual to computers (any where rail ticket booking) took in 1994, with the launch of CONCERT Phase I in 1994.
Brief history of Railway ticket computerization: –
1994: CONCERT phase I Implemented
1997: CONCERT phase II implemented
1999: All India Network commissioned
2000: Internet Enquiry implemented
2001: Alpha Migration
2002: I – Ticket – Reservation
2005: E – Ticket reservation
2006: Up-gradation facility
CONCERT was launched with the aim of single image passenger reservation system and the first prototype of PRS Networking Software, CONCERT (COuntrywide Network of Computerized Enhanced ReservaTion) using FORTRAN (30%) and C (70%) languages was implemented at Secunderabad in January ’95.
Till 2002, ITicket facility was only available. ITicket means that the physical tickets were delivered to the customer’s address. However, a major shift took place in 2005, with the launch of ETicket. Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) – The printout in standard specified Performa containing reservation particulars, along with any of the nine prescribed proofs of identity in original was enough to perform the journey in the reserved compartments.
In 2012, Railways went further, eliminating paper ERS with the introduction of Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) – A screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/ Mobile phone is referred as Virtual Reservation Message (VRM). The VRS is to be accompanied by nine prescribed proofs of identity in original, and the passengers name has to reflect in the Reservation Chart.
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